Super shines as economy bounces back

Original article by Cliona O’Dowd
The Australian – Page: 13 & 19 : 21-Apr-21

Data from Chant West shows that the median growth superannuation fund achieved a return of 12.2 per cent in the first nine months of 2020-21. Mano Mohankumar of Chant West says super funds are on track to deliver a double-digit return for the financial year. The median growth fund gained 3.3 per cent in the March quarter and 2.2 per cent so far in April. Hostplus and Sunsuper are among the growth funds that have posted returns of more than 20 per cent so far in 2020-21.

CORPORATES
CHANT WEST FINANCIAL SERVICES PTY LTD, HOST-PLUS, SUNSUPER PTY LTD

Stocks on track for bumper year

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 13 & 19 : 1-Apr-21

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index gained 3.1 per cent during the March quarter, and 15.1 per cent in the first nine months of 2020-21. The local sharemarket may be on track for its best financial-year performance since fiscal 2013, when it gained 17.3 per cent. Lynas Rare Metals, Virgin Money and Zip Co were the top performers during the quarter, each posting gains of at least 40 per cent. The benchmark index had shed 11 per cent in 2019-20, due to the coronavirus-induced slump in the second half.

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STANDARD AND POOR’S ASX 200 INDEX, LYNAS RARE EARTHS LIMITED – ASX LYC, VIRGIN MONEY UK PLC – ASX VUK, ZIP CO LIMITED – ASX Z1P

Returns the world’s best over 121 years

Original article by Cliona O’Dowd
The Australian – Page: 20 : 5-Mar-21

Data from Credit Suisse shows that the Australian sharemarket has outperformed other bourses over the long-term, with real annual returns of 6.6 per cent since 1900 in US dollar terms. The ASX’s annualised return over this period was 6.8 per cent in local currency terms, behind the 7.1 per cent return from the South African bourse. Looking ahead, Credit Suisse says Generation Z can expect annualised equity returns of about three per cent, compared with annualised returns of 7.1 per cent since 1950 for Baby Boomers.

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CREDIT SUISSE (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED

Top-placed super funds defy virus chaos

Original article by Cliona O’Dowd
The Australian – Page: 22 : 22-Jan-21

Suncorp’s Multi-Manager Growth Fund was Australia’s best-performed superannuation fund in 2020, according to research house SuperRatings, returning 9.6 per cent. It was followed by Australian Ethical’s balanced option, which returned eight per cent, and Vision SS’s balanced option, which returned 6.2 per cent. The median return for super funds in 2020 was 3.3 per cent, while the S&P/ASX 200 index fell by 1.45 per cent over the same period.

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SUNCORP GROUP LIMITED – ASX SUN, SUPERRATINGS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN ETHICAL SUPERANNUATION PTY LTD, VISION SUPER PTY LTD

Slim returns among super’s top performers

Original article by Joanna Mather
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 7-Jul-20

Chant West has forecast that the median superannuation fund will post a return of minus 1.3 per cent for 2019-20. The firm also expects the returns for growths to range from minus six per cent to three per cent. Meanwhile, First State Super is among the super funds that have defied the trend, posting a return of 1.3 per cent for the financial year. Cbus achieved a return of 0.75 per cent, and chief investment officer Kristian Fok says a number of factors contributed to the positive return.

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CHANT WEST FINANCIAL SERVICES PTY LTD, FIRST STATE SUPER, CONSTRUCTION AND BUILDING UNIONS’ SUPERANNUATION FUND

Brace for negative super returns: Silk

Original article by Richard Gluyas
The Australian – Page: 13 & 20 : 29-May-20

AustralianSuper’s balanced investment option has posted a return of minus 3.3 per cent for the year to April, following a coronavirus-induced rout in financial markets in the March quarter. CEO Ian Silk has warned that the balanced option is likely to post its first negative return for a financial year since the global financial crisis. However, he notes that the balanced option has delivered an average return of eight per cent over the last decade. Silk adds that some 200,000 AustralianSuper members have utilised the federal government’s early access scheme.

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AUSTRALIANSUPER PTY LTD

Windfall for super on share upsurge

Original article by David Rogers, Gerard Cockburn
The Australian – Page: 13 & 18 : 16-Jan-20

Data from SuperRatings shows that the median balanced superannuation fund achieved a return of 13.8 per cent in 2019, for the best calendar-year gain since 2013. SuperRatings’ executive director Kirby Rappell says investors should not expect a similar return in 2020, although he expects the sector to perform well again. Rappell adds that consolidation in the super industry is likely to continue in 2020, and the sustainability of operating expenses will be a key issue for funds of all sizes. The average super fund has returned 7.7 per cent over the last decade.

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SUPERRATINGS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY

Drop hurdle rates or risk missing out

Original article by James Thomson
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 7 : 3-Jan-20

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims has urged local companies to lower their ‘hurdle rates’ for investment returns to reflect lower rates. His comments regarding lower hurdle rates echo those of federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe. Sims says if firms do not adjust their hurdle rates, Australia will forgo business investment, while overseas companies with more realistic hurdle rates will acquire more local assets. Sims has also urged the corporate sector to back his push for new laws that outlaw unfair business practices.

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AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION

Super funds approach double-digit returns, but Chant West urges caution

Original article by David Rogers
The Australian – Page: 27 : 19-Nov-19

Data from Chant West shows that superannuation funds have achieved an average return of 14.3 per cent so far in 2019. The median growth fund gained 12.8 per cent in the first 10 months of the calendar year, after eking out a gain of 0.4 per cent in October. Mano Mohankumar of Chant West says the median growth fund appears to be on track to deliver a double-digit return in 2019, although he warns that the strong returns since the global financial crisis are not sustainable.

CORPORATES
CHANT WEST FINANCIAL SERVICES PTY LTD, SUPERRATINGS PTY LTD

Miners weigh lowering hurdle on projects

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 18 : 2-Sep-19

Alumina CEO Mike Ferraro says mining companies should not be rigid about the rate of return they expect from an investment. A rate of return of 15 per cent has become the minimum requirement for most large mining corporations when deciding whether to proceed with a project, but there are signs that some are prepared to go below this rate of return due to very low interest rates. Newcrest Mining CEO Sandeep Biswas says he would be more willing to accept lower rates of return on new projects than on expansions of existing ones.

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ALUMINA LIMITED – ASX AWC, NEWCREST MINING LIMITED – ASX NCM, OZ MINERALS LIMITED – ASX OZL, FORTESCUE METALS GROUP LIMITED – ASX FMG, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP